Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP140102765 [ 2014-06-01 - 2018-10-01 ]

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Researchers: Prof Pavel Bedrikovetski (Chief Investigator) ,  A/Prof Joel Brugger (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Allan Pring (Chief Investigator)

Brief description Olympic Dam in a Test Tube: Critical Experiments and Theory for Understanding Fe-Cu-U-REE in Hydrothermal Fluids and during Fluid-Rock Interaction. Olympic Dam (OD) is a supergiant Cu-U-Au-Ag-REE ore deposit, containing more than a trillion Australian dollars worth of metals, and hosted by hematite-rich breccia in South Australia. Yet, key aspects of the geochemistry of OD-style deposits remain poorly understood. This project will conduct innovative experiments to address the role for fluorine in Fe, U and REE transport at OD, and the role of fluid-rock interaction in generating the unusually oxidised Fe-Cu mineral assemblages and in controlling U grades and distribution. The fundamental information gained will underpin intense on-going research aimed at discovering new OD-style orebodies and at creating new ore-processing technology that are environmentally sustainable and able to access lower-grade ores.

Funding Amount $285,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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